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Greek island of Halki now self-sufficient on energy
ATHENS, Greece, 28 March 2023 (GR) - Halki is a little island in the Dodecanese archipelago, located just 6 km west of Rhodes, and residents can now fully cover their energy needs and reduce their electricity bills to virtually zero, as a result of the operation of the island’s solar park, created as part of the GRecoIslands program. 

The world's most remote disco is coming to this tiny Scottish island
LONDON, UK, 28 March 2023 (Time Out) - Detour Discotheque made its debut in 2023, transforming the town hall in Þingeyri, Iceland, into a 1970s-style New York disco. Everyone from Icelandic fishermen to LA music-industry types came along for the ride and this year the 200-population Isle of Coll in Scotland's Inner Hebrides will host the disco in September.

The Philippine island devastated by an oil spill - a photo essay
LONDON, UK, 27 March 2023 (Guardian) - It is a beautiful sunny day on Mindoro island but a nauseating stench fills the air and black sludge covers the beaches and rockpools. The cause? A massive oil spill off the eastern coast of the island, from the tanker Princess Empress, carrying 800,000 litres of industrial fuel oil when it sank on 28 February.

Defense officials tout new base on Okinawan island
TOKYO, Japan, 27 March 2023 (NHK) - Japanese officials are touting a new Ground Self-Defense Force base on Ishigaki Island as a crucial final component in the country’s line of defense against China. But residents of the island, which lies in remote waters of Okinawa Prefecture in the country’s far south, are concerned the camp - and a new type of missile - will only make their home a target for attack.

Preparing for a storm the Ni-Vanuatu way
VICTORIA, Canada, 27 March 2023 (Hakai) - Mango flowers and hornets’ nests might seem strange bedfellows for meteorological satellites, but on Futuna Island, a craggy volcano at the eastern edge of the archipelago of Vanuatu, they play a critical role in helping local people predict extreme weather.

Deforestation drives fire risk in Borneo amid a warming climate
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 March 2023 (Mongabay) - Annual peatland fires in Indonesia affect ecology, air quality, nutrient distribution of the soil, and human health. A modeling study finds that under current climate change projections and with rapid deforestation in Borneo, fire risk increases by the end of the century.

To save Hainan gibbons experts roll out the big tech
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 27 March 2023 (Mongabay) - As scientists and the Chinese government ramp up efforts to protect the critically endangered Hainan gibbon, technology is playing an important part in helping track and monitor the species better. In recent years, bioacoustics, infrared technology and machine learning are among the tools that have been used to make data collection and analysis easier in the study of Hainan gibbons.